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Experienced coach joins Academy ranks

16 July 2015

The Blades are delighted to announce that a vastly experienced and respected coach, who has worked for the Football Association as Technical Director previously, will join the Club's Academy staff for the forthcoming season.

Mick Wadsworth, who was Sir Bobby Robson's assistant at Newcastle United, will work with all age groups from U14s upwards to develop players, but also mentor staff.

Barnsley-born Wadsworth, who coached the first-team under Chris Morgan briefly following David Weir's departure in 2013, has maintained a working relationship with the Club and has assisted with staff training and development through off the field events.

In more recent months, the 64-year-old has worked closely with Academy Manager Nick Cox to advise through his knowledge about strategies moving forward.

Wadsworth, a regular at all fixtures involving different age groups at the Academy, will now officially be United's Senior Youth Development Coach.

Commenting on Wadsworth's addition, Cox said: "We are delighted Mick has agreed to come and work for the Club on a formal basis, having been a great support over the last 12 months or so.

"Mick has worked with some of the most talented players this country has produced, whilst also having the opportunity to work alongside a number of outstanding coaches and managers.

"This is yet another great piece of news for our Academy, his experience and knowledge will be absolutely invaluable as we continue to look to lay the foundations to be successful.

"We have some exciting times ahead, with the new manager and his staff embracing the work we do and being genuinely committed to ensuring our talented youngsters are given a chance to progress through to the first-team squad, just as Louis Reed and Dominic Calvert-Lewin did last season."

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